Azamara Pursuit - France intensive . Amazing

Azamara Pursuit Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 71

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Azamara Pursuit

7 Night France Intensive (Barcelona To Monte Carlo)

Sail date: April 13, 2019

Ship: Azamara Pursuit

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8039

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

One week in the french riviera, what more can you ask for... Azamara does a great job visiting small ports and providing a product that for us works great.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
very easy... just five minutes and then we were on board.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Aqualina or Prime C, (included in the suite perks). Once we had dinner in the buffet (before the Azamazing evening) and once with the White party buffet that was AMAZING. Aqualina and Prime C quality of food and service has been really on point. Room service: we had breakfast in the room almost everyday and it was very very very nice to have the extra space the suite provides and the balcony breakfast when it was not so cold in the early hours. We decided to buy the ultimate drinking package and it worked well for us this week. We got to try most of the included wines when having dinner, and some of the premium drinks we enjoy when on a cruise. For the second week, we decided not to buy it so we can compare the experience.... Our favorite place for drinks so far is The Den... it is just a very nice place, with some piano music on the evenings and the best bartenders and waiters.

Prime C Specialty Dining

5 out of 5

Excellent food and service

Aqualina Specialty Dining

5 out of 5

Excellent food and service

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Azamara doesn't have all the thrills big cruise ships can offer and that works great for us. Fitness Center is adequate. Pool deck is a haven of quietness.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
we attended all the Signature Singers shows (3 shows) and they were good. These guys can sing and dance and keep you entertained for the 45 minutes signing along. We loved the intimacy of the cabaret lounge shows, if you´re expecting but productions shows, this is not the case and it works for Azamara. Azamazing Evening in Marseilles, Palais du Pharo. Was very entertaining, a kind of cabaret show with very french music, dancers and two great vocalists. White Evening party: we are not party people so we didn´t stay long after the White Evening Buffett ended but the party looked nice and people was enjoying themselves. All the staff makes a great effort for this event and you should not miss it.

Children's Programs

No kids and there is not children program in azamara

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
In general the service level around the ship is very good. Of course there are some that are just good and there are some people that just go above and beyond.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Pursuit is a beautiful ship. The newest of their kind... elegant, sophisticated and the color palette makes you feel happy.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
for this first leg of the back to back we upgraded (at last minute) to a Club continental suite, we got 8039, perfect location and the only suite I have ever said OMG WAO when opening the door... the colours, the decoration, the style and the light. No noise problems, at least for us. SUITE CLASS PERKS: Internett: 235 minutes per guest, which is OK but slowly but after all you´re on holiday and IT works for reading emails if you ned it. Butler service: our butler Roy has been outstanding, amazing level of service when we have requested our breakfast in the suite, our tea service in the afternoon.

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
One night stay in the Eurostar’s Grand Marina, next to the port where Azamara starts... so the check out, walk to the ship was a decisive factor... we have been several times in Barcelona and sightseeing was not something we needed this time around. The Hotel is OK, nice but dated rooms, a reception staff that smiles but doesn’t do their job, the best of the stay is the small restaurant offering a Gourmet dinner experience and this was a highlight of the trip... the food and the wine pairings were PERFECT... do we recommend this hotel... yes for a stay next to the port.

Port Vendres, France

5 out of 5
small, charming village, we just walked around and then found a hiking path that takes you to the other small town Collioure(or something like it). The Wall in the green areas around the Coast line is just very very very nice and easy with some amazing views. Breathtaking

Marseille (Provence), France

4 out of 5
a vibrant city, we walked around, did some shopping and visited the Cathedral. It was great to be docked just in the center of town (or very very close)

Sanary-Sur-Mer, France

5 out of 5
Beautiful town, the marina, the restaurants and cafes, it was very beautiful. We just walked around and enjoyed people watching here and there.

St. Tropez, France

5 out of 5
we took and organized excursion from Azamara and loved every minute; we visited Gassinand Ramatuelleand the Bertaud Bellieu wineyardfor wine tasting. The guide we had has to be the most amazing guy we ever had AS a guide. We actually think we got a lecture on wine making, all about the process and the technology and traditional methods. The wine was so good we bought three bottles to take with us to the ship and enjoy in the stateroom. Also the small towns Gassins and Ramatuelle were beautiful and we got to learn about the history of the places. In Ramatuelle we enjoyed some free time that we used eating cheese and hams with a cold bottle of Rose wine from a local wine yard. It was an amazing day. The port of St. Tropez by itself, was not as expected, it was crowded and just a marina with amazing yachts, the best was the local artists selling their paintings around the marina. Beautiful paints and interesting people.

Calvi, Corsica Did not visit port

Bad weather, diverted to Corsica

Cannes, France

5 out of 5
we have been in Cannes several times so we decided to go for the Excursion of the ship to Grasse with a perfume factory visit and to St. Paul de Vence. And again we got a great guide, the visit to the perfume factory: Fragonard; this was very enriching and we could resist and bought two new Eau de Colognes with shower gels... Then we visited St. Paul de Vence and OMG this small hilltop village is just amazing, it breathes art from everywhere. The local artist and small galleries in the very narrow streets, the views from the wall of the town, the small restaurants... once again we learned about the local history with our guide and in the free time we just walked around and decided to have a very French lunch, we found a little place where they make sandwiches, so we bought a baguette with local produced cheese and ham, and sat on the wall and had our small French sandwich picnic there... just beautiful.

Monte Carlo, Monaco Did not visit port

Change to Nice due to weather

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
we didnt desembark because we were staying for the enxt itinerary but the back to back process was easy and fast.
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